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'GPS 2.0' outline calls for open, hackable, interfaces

The group that created GPS wants it opened up so it's easier for people to compete on its individual components.
Richard Chirgwin, 18 Apr 2016
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Tassie broadband users get June reboot date

The end is in sight for Tasmania's long-running submarine cable saga, with Basslink announcing its cables should return to service in June.
Richard Chirgwin, 18 Apr 2016
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Telsa S robo-death-dodge

Elon Musk has shared live video of a Tesla S avoiding a collision.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Apr 2016

US-CERT advice says kill Quicktime for Windows, quickly

US-CERT has echoed The Register's advice to the effect that if you're running Quicktime for Windows, it's time to delete it. Right now.
Richard Chirgwin, 18 Apr 2016
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Boaty McBoatface 'wins'

The #NameOurShip contest has closed, but Boaty McBoatface may yet sink.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Apr 2016

Oracle plans Exadata-as-a-service, in cloud or on-prem

Oracle is preparing an on-premises version of its new Exadata cloud service.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Apr 2016
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CEO meeting fails to resolve Oracle-versus-Google java case

An epic six-hour meeting between Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai and Oracle CEO Safra Catz has failed to make a Big Red Java Chocolate Factory, so the two companies will head to court for their retrial.
Richard Chirgwin, 18 Apr 2016
Steve Wozniak

Woz says wearables – even Apple Watch – aren't 'compelling'

Steve Wozniak has decreed that today's crop of wearables just aren't that useful – even Apple's own Watch.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Apr 2016

UK web host 123-Reg goes TITSUP, customer servers evaporate

UK hosting and domains provider 123-Reg has been struck by a weekend TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Performance) that knocked an unspecified number of VPS (virtual private server) customers offline.
Richard Chirgwin, 18 Apr 2016
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Linux kernel 4.6-rc4 lands

The new Linux Kernel release candidate may cure insomnia.
Darren Pauli, 18 Apr 2016
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Sierra Wireless manager spaffs logs to World+Dog

Sierra Wireless has disclosed a bug in its ACEmanager application that manages its wireless kit, but carelessly leaves log files lying around for anyone to see.
Richard Chirgwin, 18 Apr 2016
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Brexit would pinch UK tech spend but the EU wouldn't care – survey

If the United Kingdom chooses to leave the European Union – a so-called “Brexit” - Europe's information technology industries would not bat an eyelid and IT spending in the sceptred isles would only experience a “mildly negative” dip.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Apr 2016

UK authorities probe 'drone hitting plane at Heathrow'

The United Kingdom's Metropolitan Police and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) are both investigating an apparent collision between a drone and a passenger aircraft.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Apr 2016

Belgian boffins breed 'digital canaries' to test your random numbers

Belgian boffins have proposed adding what they call “Canary Numbers” to random number generators (RNGs), in the hope and expectation they will fall off the twig if something goes wrong.
Richard Chirgwin, 18 Apr 2016

Chrome add-ons just became less scary, security-wise

Google has tightened the rules for admission to the Chrome Web Store, the online bazaar for add-ons to its browser.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Apr 2016

The thing about reality: It's really... persistent

StorageBodI see quite a few posts about this storage or that storage ... how it is going to change everything or has changed everything. And yet, I see little real evidence that storage usage is really changing for many. So why is this?
StorageBod, 18 Apr 2016
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What's wrong with the Daily Mail Group buying Yahoo?

AnalysisRight now MailOnline parent the Daily Mail Group is worth at most £2.5bn, and the few content assets that Yahoo! is supposed to be selling, are already worth way more than that. But the issues go deeper.
Faultline, 18 Apr 2016
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Qumulo lays off staff

Scale-out NAS startup Qumulo is reportedly laying off staff.
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2016

5G is looming, but network innovations are needed far more urgently

In all the excitement about 5G, it is easy to forget that the most intensive innovations of 2016-2020 will go on in "4.5G" – in Release 13 and 14, of course, but more importantly in the way the carriers and their vendors reinvent their cellular networks with new approaches like virtualization and HetNet, in the desperate bid to keep up with capacity, coverage and efficiency demands.
Wireless Watch, 18 Apr 2016

Teradata launches mutant cloud, hopes IoT megabucks start flowing

Data warehouse business Teradata is to focus more on hybrid cloud services, as the company continues to try to deal with declining sales revenue while praying for an IoT tsunami of cash.
Alexander J Martin, 18 Apr 2016

NZ Pastafarians joined in noodly wedlock

A New Zealand couple had the honour of celebrating the world's first Pastafarian wedding on Saturday, when Ministeroni Karen Martyn joined Marianna Fenn and Toby Ricketts in noodly wedlock.
Lester Haines, 18 Apr 2016
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How much faster is a quantum computer than your laptop?

HPC blogI jumped at the chance to interview supercomputing pioneer Bo Ewald and quantum computing whiz kid Murray Thom a few months ago. Although it's been in my “vault of lost content” for a while, the video serves as a good primer for quantum computing and its promise.
Dan Olds, 18 Apr 2016
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HMRC Verify is '2nd class'

HMRC's new Personal Tax portal won't work fully with new ID system Verify.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Apr 2016
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GoDaddy CTO quits

GoDaddy’s chief techie is leaving the web host, reportedly for Google.
Gavin Clarke, 18 Apr 2016

Furious customers tear into 123-reg after firm's mass deletion woes

The fall-out continues from hosting service 123-reg's major weekend cockup, which knocked several customers offline – with several telling us the error has effectively deleted their businesses.
Kat Hall, 18 Apr 2016

Idiot millennials are saving credit card PINs on their mobile phones

More than one in five 18-24 year olds (21 per cent) store PINs for credit or debit cards on their smartphones, tablets or laptops, according to research conducted by Equifax in conjunction with Gorkana.
John Leyden, 18 Apr 2016
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Obama to admit Moon landing was faked?

Bookie Paddy Power has conceded it seriously underestimated Leicester City's chances of winning the Premier League, rating that laughable prospect when the season kicked off as less likely than Obama admitting the Moon landing was faked.
Lester Haines, 18 Apr 2016

Dell slips Scality's RING onto its OEM finger

Dell has upgraded its nine month old Scality reselling deal, offering the SD7000-S file and object storage server running OEM'd Scality RING software.
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2016

Automated EC2 snapshot

Asigra is automating EC2 snapshots of Elastic Block Store VM volumes.
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2016

Academic network Janet clobbered with DDoS attacks – again

Blighty's government-funded educational network Janet has once again been hit by a cyber attack, with a fresh wave of DDoS attacks launched against the network this morning.
Kat Hall, 18 Apr 2016

GDS wants £100k director

The Government Digital Service wants a boss for its latest digital wheeze.
Kat Hall, 18 Apr 2016

Gartner's broken out its crystal ball again. Huawei's object storage bods won't be happy

CommentGartner's gurus have ranked the top twelve object storage suppliers in a Critical Capabilities report, with Cleversafe at the top and Huawei last.
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2016
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Cambridge Uni spins up green and beefy supercomputer project

Cambridge University is leading a £2.7m project building energy efficient, high-performance supercomputers.
Gavin Clarke, 18 Apr 2016

NASA spools up ultra-high def aurora movie

NASA has released an illuminating ultra-high definition video featuring the Auroras Borealis and Australis as seen from the International Space Station.
Lester Haines, 18 Apr 2016
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Ah, so that's why Adapt wasn't put in the shop window in 2015

The reason why Lyceum-backed Adapt remains Lyceum-backed is contained in their latest set of annual profit and loss accounts - company growth stalled and so a sales process was halted.
Paul Kunert, 18 Apr 2016

US poised to unleash stadium-sized sandwich bag

NASA's long-duration super pressure balloon (SPB) mission looks to be set for launch tomorrow morning from Wanaka Airport, New Zealand, now that "forecast surface and low-level winds are aligned", as the space agency puts it.
Lester Haines, 18 Apr 2016

Hey, Britain! Meet Mr Maxwell, our new National Tech Advisor

The government's chief technology officer, Liam Maxwell, is escaping the Digital Services wing to take up the newly created post of National Technology Advisor.
Kat Hall, 18 Apr 2016

SV boss Bill Campbell dies

Long-time Silicon Valley management icon Bill Campbell has died.
Shaun Nichols, 18 Apr 2016

Here, let me FXT that for you: Avere's baby NAS gear gets an upgrade

NAS accelerator and cloud storage gateway shop Avere has finished rolling out its FXT 5000 series refresh: its entry-level 3200 has been upgraded to the 5200 with boosted performance and capacity.
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2016
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Gridstore boss George Symons ejects, leaves hyper-upstart headless

Gridstore CEO George Symons left the company in February after almost three years at the helm, with no successor appointed.
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2016
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Google's 'fair use' mass slurping of books can continue – US Supremes snub writers' pleas

American authors have failed to persuade the US Supreme Court to hear issues raised by the Google book-scanning case.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Apr 2016

MIT boffins build AI bot that spots '85 per cent' of hacker invasions

Eggheads at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) claim they have trained a machine-learning system to detect 85 per cent of network attacks.
Iain Thomson, 18 Apr 2016
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Killer Japan quake jolts Sony factories to a halt

Sony says that it will be resuming production at several of its largest Japan manufacturing facilities following a series of devastating earthquakes in the region, though some other factories remain offline.
Shaun Nichols, 18 Apr 2016
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Translated: BlackBerry CEO John Chen on cops-snooping-on-BBM

BlackBerry CEO John Chen has responded to last week's reheated news that police can pull text messages from BlackBerry handsets.
Shaun Nichols, 18 Apr 2016
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Big Content seeks to ban Kickass Torrents from Australia

Australia's music industry wants Kickass Torrents blocked by local internet service providers.
Richard Chirgwin, 18 Apr 2016
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Could you deploy a new version of your business – EVERY WEEK?

PROMOING Bank can deploy a new version of its systems ever week, agility that's a result of investments it's made in storage infrastructure from NetApp and plenty of hard work developing a DevOps culture.
Team Register, 18 Apr 2016

US congresscritter's iPhone hacked (with, er, the cell networks' help)

America's flagship news program 60 Minutes has demonstrated how to "hack" a US congressman's smartphone. One little thing to bear in mind about this incredible scoop: the vulnerability has been in circulation since 2014 ... and it requires high-level access to global phone networks.
Iain Thomson, 18 Apr 2016

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